Environment, Climate, and Sustainability

UofL sugar substitute, bio-coal technology licensed to Louisville startup

UofL sugar substitute, bio-coal technology licensed to Louisville startup

A technology born from University of Louisville research uses spent distillers’ grains, corn and waste wood to create a low-calorie sugar substitute.

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Biology researchers study invasive species of grass

Biology researchers study invasive species of grass

UofL researchers are venturing out to find stiltgrass samples and study its potential relationship to a certain soil-based fungi. Their end goal, however, is discovering a way to get rid of stiltgrass.

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Environmental Studies student is a 2019 Fulbright Scholar

Environmental Studies student is a 2019 Fulbright Scholar

Sanders graduated from UofL in May of 2019 as a double major in Anthropology and Environmental Studies with a minor in Russian Studies. Prior to receiving the Fulbright award, she was named a Vogt and honors scholar and received both the Anthropology and Liberal Arts departments’ Awards of Merit.

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UofL geoscientists take the city by storm

UofL geoscientists take the city by storm

What used to be a rare occurrence now seems commonplace. Both anecdotal and scientific evidence indicate there are significant changes to weather patterns as a result of climate change. But can where you live relative to an urban core impact the severity of weather? Professors Dave Howarth and Jason Naylor (Geography & Geosciences) think so.

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Biology researchers look for a way to grow on polluted land

Biology researchers look for a way to grow on polluted land

University of Louisville Biology Professor Paul Himes and some of his students are looking for bacteria that might be used to help grow plants on brownfield (polluted) sites.

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Charlie Zhang  (Geography) - Paper mills and ovarian cancer

Charlie Zhang (Geography) - Paper mills and ovarian cancer

Charlie Zhang is a UofL geographer who has found a link between paper mill pollution and ovarian cancer.

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Hydrogen Fuel Research Tests Sustainable Catalyst Development

Hydrogen Fuel Research Tests Sustainable Catalyst Development

Scientists at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky., are working on a method to generate hydrogen fuels that significantly lowers energy use. This research on catalysts for hydrogen attracted combined funding of more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Department of Energy (DOE).

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UofL Storm Chasers

UofL Storm Chasers

In summer 2018, Dr. Jason Naylor (Geography and Geosciences/Physics and Astronomy) led UofL students on an eight-day storm observation course.

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What do fossils tell us about Louisville?

What do fossils tell us about Louisville?

Dr. Jafar Hadizadeh, Professor of geography and geosciences, gave his insight to Louisville Magazine about the very fossils under our feet that could tell a story from as far back as 400 million years, or more.

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Science for a Day

Science for a Day

Students from Marian Moore Middle School spent a day on UofL’s campus learning about climate change and other environmental science as part of a worldwide collaboration with UofL and students in other countries.

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Fulbright Scholar Ariel Weaver

Fulbright Scholar Ariel Weaver

Ariel Weaver has earned a Fulbright Study/Research Award to Namibia. Her work focused on using remote sensing and geographic technology to look at patterns on the landscape and use that information to inform policymakers and stakeholders in the community to manage land more effectively.

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Justin Mog sustainability initiatives

Justin Mog sustainability initiatives

UofL is ranked the top school in Kentucky when it comes to sustainability initiatives.

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria in local water sources

Antibiotic resistant bacteria in local water sources

Profs. Paul Himes and Deborah Yoder-Himes (Department of Biology) discuss their research into antibiotic resistant bacteria in local water sources on UofL Today with Mark Hebert.

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A Living Lab: Biology Department’s Native Plant Garden in full bloom

A Living Lab: Biology Department’s Native Plant Garden in full bloom

The new Korfhage Native Plant Garden on UofL’s Belknap Campus serves a multitude of purposes – and species. The project, began by Prof. Margaret Carreiro and Department Chair Ron Fell in 2015 and honoring biology alumna Harriet A. Korfhage, serves as a living lab for students and provides an experience of the natural world not often on display in our urban environment.

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Meet Tropical Ecology graduate student Evan Gora

Meet Tropical Ecology graduate student Evan Gora

In this Q&A, we discover what Gora does up in the trees, and who he'd invite to dinner when he gets back on the ground.

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GIS reveals history: Using modern technology to map a lost landscape

GIS reveals history: Using modern technology to map a lost landscape

Prof. Daniel Krebs (History) tells the story of the 1862 Battle of Perryville – but outdoors, and outside the confines of the archives. Partnering with DJ Biddle (Geography & Geosciences) to map the battlefield using drones with cameras.

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Protecting nature in the city

Protecting nature in the city

Prof. Carreiro, department of Biology, talks about local conservation efforts in Jefferson county. She will be talking at the next 'Beer with a Scientist' on Wednesday, Nov. 16 about how residents of the city can protect native species.

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Big data for a big impact

Big data for a big impact

Geographers use population mapping to support relief efforts. The WorldPop project generates open source human population maps with a focus on developing countries. Professors Andrea Gaughan and Forrest Stevens (Geography & Geosciences) will receive a $440,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Out of the lab and into the forest

Out of the lab and into the forest

Biology senior, Katie Arstingstall, studies tropical ecology in Panama. She spent the summer researching thermal adhesion of canopy ants, or how well different species of canopy ants can stick to a vertical surface at a range of temperatures, on Barro Colorado Island.

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I think, therefore I EXPLORE

I think, therefore I EXPLORE

Meet Geography & Geosciences Department Chair Keith Mountain. It’s not every day you get to meet an adventurer from Australian sheep country who spends half his year living on glaciers. Prof. Mountain is that person – a throwback to the explorers of the past combined with an acute scientific mind attuned to the environmental problems of the present. In this Q&A, we learn that a background in fine arts can be useful even when you’re knee-deep in snow studying climate change, and that no man is an island.

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